Güler Sabancı is the Chairman and Managing Director of Sabancı Holding, one of the leading and most reputable business groups in Turkey. She started her career at the tire manufacturing company of the group and held various roles at the other group companies. Sabancı is the Founding Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Sabancı University and also acts as Chairman of the Sakıp Sabancı Museum and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Sabancı Foundation, the leading private foundation in Turkey.
Güler Sabancı is the first female member of TUSIAD, Turkish Industrialists’ and Businessmen’s Association and European Round Table of Industrialists (ERT) since 2007. Güler Sabanci also sits on the Executive Committee of International Business Council of WEF, Siemens AG Supervisory Board, United Nations Global Compact Board, the External Advisory Board of MIT Energy Initiative.
In October 2013, she was named 2nd on Fortune’s 50 Most Powerful Women in Business (outside USA). She has received several awards for philanthropy and leadership including David Rockefeller Bridging Leadership Award, Clinton Global Citizen Award, Raymond Georis Innovative Philanthropist Award and European School of Management Responsible Leadership Award. Guler Sabanci holds an honorary doctorate from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, a global leader in industry-university partnership.